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Should I get a Surface Pro 3 (i5/8gb/256gb) or A Surface Pro 4 (i5/4gb/128gb)?

I’m looking for a portable, yet decently powerful convertible, and I’ve basically decided on getting a Surface Pro. I’ll basically be using it for browsing the web, taking notes at college, and some coding (mostly web development). It won’t be my primary workstation, but it’ll basically be my daily driver in the sense that it’ll be the device I carry around everywhere. I plan to keep this device for at least 3 years.

Now, where I live (India), Surfaces -well, only the Pro 4, as it’s the only one that’s even been sold here officially- are very overpriced. The i5/4/128 Pro 4 that’s priced at $700 costs near about $1100 here, which is way out of my budget. So I’ll be getting an acquaintance of mine to bring one over from the US. The problem is, my (already very stretched) budget is maybe 600 dollars or so. Hence I’ve decided to go the refurb/used route.

Now a refurbed SP3 (i5/8/256) is about $500, while the SP4 (i5/4/128) is about $600-650. My question is threefold – Firstly, is the extra 100-150 dollars worth it, considering the SP4’s processor is better/more efficient/has better cooling while the SP3 has double the memory and storage? Secondly, are refurbished products worth the risk, especially since I won’t be able to send it back if some issue does arise? And finally, should I buy used or refurbed? It’d be really helpful if anyone could share their experience regarding such dilemmas.

One thing to note that I will not be buying a Type Cover or Pen, as I’ll be getting both from a relative of mine.

Filled up the questionnaire below.

**Total budget and country of purchase:**

Around 600 USD. Will be purchasing it from the US.

**Do you prefer a 2 in 1 form factor, good battery life or best specifications for the money? Pick or include any that apply.**

I want a 2 in 1 convertible running full Windows 10.

**How important is weight and thinness to you?**

Shouldn’t be too heavy, hopefully around 1kg or so. Don’t care about thickness.

**Which OS do you require? Windows, Mac, Chrome OS, Linux.**


**Do you have a preferred screen size? If indifferent, put N/A.**

~12-13 inches.

**Are you doing any CAD/video editing/photo editing/gaming? List which programs/games you desire to run.**

Nothing very heavy too regularly. The usual workload will be the following:

* General web browsing
* Media consumption – mostly 1080p content, and some *very legal* soccer streams
* PDF reading – very important, as most of my college reading is on the computer
* Some coding – mostly web development, as I’ve started an internship which will lead to a full-time job after I graduate. However, this device won’t be my main workstation.
* Note taking – important factor as well, and one of the main reasons I want a Surface in the first place.
* Drawing/Designing – once in a blue moon. Some doodling, mostly. Not very essential.

**If you’re gaming, do you have certain games you want to play? At what settings and FPS do you want?**

Won’t be gaming on this device.

**Any specific requirements such as good keyboard, reliable build quality, touch-screen, finger-print reader, optical drive or good input devices (keyboard/touchpad)?**

Reliable build quality would be good, as I won’t be able to send it back for warranty purposes. Is the SP3 more reliable than the SP4, which I’ve heard suffers from a few quality issues, especially regarding the display?

**Leave any finishing thoughts here that you may feel are necessary and beneficial to the discussion.**

As I’ve stated before, this device won’t be my main workstation, I’ve already got a decently powerful laptop, but which at nearly 3 kilos is literally a pain to carry around. So I want a portable, yet powerful device. But since I plan to keep this for a decent period of time (at least 3 years), which one should I go for – the SP3 or the SP4?

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